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Motivate Monday
October 22, 1:00 PM ET

How are nonprofit professionals jumpstarting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where:

Every Monday we share your wins
Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right
And close with a Q&A session

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How Wild Apricot’s Membership Management Software Can Save You 20 Hours a Week
Monday, October 22, 2:00 PM ET

Are you the one who ends up staying late to get all the work done at your membership organization? Things like processing registrations, designing newsletters, and updating your website?

In this webinar, we’ll show you how a typical membership manager uses Wild Apricot, the #1 rated membership management software, to automate 90% of these tasks to save 20 hours a week or more.

In this free 1-hour webinar, you’ll learn how to:

  • Completely automate payments for dues and events
  • Connect your website with your database so member records update automatically
  • Set up automated welcome emails and reminders for overdue payments
  • Create online registration forms and go completely paperless

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33 Principles In 33 Minutes: Guide To Good Governance, Part 3
Tuesday, October 23rd, 1:00 – 1:33pm ET

Join Diligent’s Dottie Schindlinger for the third in our series of highly interactive sessions about building and maintaining your board and policies.

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Muslim Philanthropy: An Act of Faith
Tuesday, October 23, 2:00 PM

Position your charity to be more diverse and take a lead in promoting cross cultural and interreligious avenues to enhance your outreach. Learn about religious philanthropic traditions and charitable practices in Islam. As one of the largest global religions, and most misunderstood, this timely discussion will provide insight into engaging Muslims in your mission.

Upon completion of this webinar you should be able to:

Describe the philanthropic traditions in Islam
Promote cross-cultural outreach within your organization
Develop a plan of action to engage your local Muslim community

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3 Secrets to Major Gifts
Tuesday, October 23, 1:00 PM ET

Are you frustrated and overwhelmed by the idea of raising major gifts? If so, join Amy Eisenstein as she simplifies three important concepts of raising major gifts and shares 3 secrets her clients use to raise major gift, and which will ensure you can get started raising major gifts right now!

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How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Next Fundraising Campaign
Tuesday, October 23 or 31, 2:00 PM ET

Promote your next fundraising event with tools like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Join us for this step by step guide on how to create a fundraising theme that stands out, how to turn event registrants into event promoters, and how to create a social media plan for what to post before, during and after your fundraising campaign. Click to learn more.


3 Keys that Separate Successful Grant Seekers from Those Who Struggle
Tuesday, October 23, 2:00 PM EST

You’ll learn how to think like a Numbers Person (even if you’re not!), how to find the foundations that are MOST LIKELY to give you money, and how to get your ducks in a row so you’re never scrambling at the last minute.

Get all the details and register here.


Building a High-Revenue Major Gift Program – How to Overcome the 5 Major Hurdles That Are Holding You Back
Tuesday, October 23, 12:00 PM ET
Thursday, October 25, 2:00 PM ET’

I’ll show you how to build a strong, relationship-based, proactive Major Gifts program for your nonprofit. Let’s tackle the roadblocks that keep you and your team from landing the major gifts that can forward your mission!

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10 Step Budgeting Process
Wednesday, October 24th, 12:00 PM CT

The success and usefulness of your budget largely depends on the process used to create it. You will walk away from this webinar with a proven 10-step budget process that will get everyone involved and ensure that your budget reflects your organization’s mission, strategic plan, and programmatic priorities.

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Teaching Relevant Curriculum for a New Generation of Naturalists
Wednesday, October 24, 2:00 PM ET

As America’s First Urban Refuge, located in one of the country’s most metropolitan cities, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum serves a unique audience with varied backgrounds and lived experiences. This presents an outstanding opportunity to create tailored programming and employ creative teaching styles to connect youth who may initially be unfamiliar with outdoor exploration.

Environmental Education Supervisor, Brianna Patrick, and Environmental Education Specialist, Kelly Kemmerle, will share their best tips for designing lessons that resonate with students from varied backgrounds, highlight helpful strategies for outdoor classroom management, and provide an introduction to positive discipline techniques to help students find their inner naturalist. Join us as we explore best practices for engaging students in the outdoors!

How to register and join our webinars 

To register for the webinar go to WebEx Events by Program and locate “Environmental Education Update Webinar Series.” Click the Register link next to the webinar. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar. Having trouble joining the event?


Introduction to Finding Grants
October 24, 2:00 PM ET

Are you new to the field of grantseeking?

Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

You will learn the 10 most important things you need to know about finding grants, including:

Who funds nonprofits and what are their motivations.
What do funders really want to know about the organizations they are interested in funding.
How do you identify potential funders and make the first approach.

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How to Turn Event Guests Into Donors
October 24, 3:00 PM ET

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy-to-follow strategy that helped organizations engage event guests and turn them into donors?

In this free 45-minute live webinar, event planning expert A.J. Steinberg will show you how to make guests feel the love at your event and turn that into long-term supporters.

In this 45-minute FREE webinar you’ll learn…

  • How to apply donor-centric messaging to your event
  • How to pivot from “us” to “you”
  • How to use appreciation in all of your event elements
  • How to get “up close and personal” with the art of appreciation
  • How face-to-face beats smart phones every time
  • How to switch from “mobile phone mentality” to real time engagement
  • How to use mingle-time to build community
  • How to use post-event engagement to keep the love flowing
  • How to use AJ’s awesome post-event protocol to turn guests into donors

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Are Bigfoot and Major Gifts Mere Legends? Three Truths About Setting Up A Strong Individual Giving Program
October 24, 3:00 PM ET

Major gifts can often seem like Bigfoot—there is a legend that they exist, other organizations seem to get large gifts, but there’s just not enough evidence that it’s real to you. According to Giving USA, individual donors comprise 75% of all philanthropy each and every year. Rarely do donors make major gifts as first-time contributions or to organizations they’ve just gotten to know. If potential major donors are right under your noses, who are they? How do you learn who your donors are and which ones have the potential for greater investment in your work?

Join Barbara O’Reilly, Principal, Windmill Hill Consulting, LLC, as she discusses:

what matters to donors and how that affects their giving decisions;
how to build an individual fundraising strategy that focuses on increasing donor retention;
creating greater engagement with your current donors so they are inspired to increase their giving.
We will explore three core truths to help you shape a multi-channel individual donor engagement plan that attracts, inspires, and retains donors at all levels from Annual Fund supporters to mid-level donors and ultimately major gifts investors.

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New
How Fundraising Technology Has Impacted 3 Nonprofits
Wednesday, October 24, 1:00 PM ET

Join us as we talk with 3 Network For Good customers about their experience using technology to automate parts of their fundraising operations.

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The Secret Ingredient to Getting a Better Website. Hint: It’s not a bigger budget
October 25th, 1:00 PM ET

A successful website project depends on many factors but the most important one is you. When you are in control and confident as a client you will make better decisions and set better expectations in your organization. Most importantly, you will get better value for your available budget. Come find out how to get the most out of your website project from the experts. You will learn how to:

  • Find and choose a vendor
  • Communicate your vision to designers
  • Decide on a CMS
  • Maintain SEO and functionality during a relaunch
  • Keep your site secure

It’s design for non-designers on a budget. All levels welcome.

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An Introduction to Online Fundraising for Small and Medium-Sized Nonprofits
Thursday, October 25th, 1:00 PM ET

Online fundraising is the fasting growing segment of giving. Donors of all ages are using their smartphones, tablets, and computers to connect with causes and to give money to fundraising campaigns.

During this free nonprofit webinar, you’ll learn the tactics to successfully raise money online for your nonprofit, even if you are a small or midsize organization.

This webinar will detail the basics of an online fundraising campaign;  how social media & online tools can be used to raise more money; ways you can fit online giving into your long-term strategy;  and Julia’s 10 steps to online fundraising success!

If you want to be a part of the next generation of nonprofit fundraisers,  you need to register for this FREE webinar right now.

Key Takeaways

  • The basic components of a successful online fundraising campaign
  • Tools to use for online fundraising
  • Ways to use your website, email, blog, and social media channels to promote the online fundraising campaign
  • Examples from small and mid-sized nonprofits who have successfully raised money online
  • Julia’s 10 steps to online fundraising success, including recruiting and energizing Social Media Ambassadors

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Joining the Crowd
October 25, 1:00 PM ET

This decade has seen huge growth in personal crowdfunding as a way for individuals to get help from their friends and families. Learn how organizations around the world are using personal crowdfunding to create new avenues for donor acquisition and revenue. No matter the campaign, from lemonade stands to giving days, crowdfunding campaigns can provide your supporters with endless ways to raise funds for your mission.

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Data Enrichment 101: Best Practices to Optimize Your Donor Database
October 25, 1:00 PM

Your database is a gold mine of insight. It can help you understand your constituents, connect with them in meaningful ways, and optimize your fundraising programs.

Join us for this one-hour webinar, where you’ll get tips and best practices for evaluating data hygiene, implementing a data clean-up plan, and performing regular database maintenance. With a comprehensive data clean-up plan in place, you’ll be well on your way to joining the thousands of nonprofits that use data effectively to optimize their fundraising programs.

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Is The Cloud Safe? Ensuring Security on the Cloud
October 25, 2:00 PM ET

When switching to the cloud, many nonprofits wonder how cloud apps and services, such as Microsoft Office 365, G Suite, Box, and Amazon Web Services, will affect their organization’s security. Cloud apps and software offer a multitude of benefits to nonprofits when it comes to keeping their devices and data safe. In this 60-minute webinar hosted by Deena Thomchick, senior director of cloud security at Symantec, we will cover the many security benefits of switching to the cloud. You will learn

  • Benefits of adopting cloud apps and services
  • What you are responsible for and what your cloud provider is responsible for when it comes to security
  • Risks to look out for when using cloud apps and services
  • How to mitigate risks with security best practices for email, endpoints (including laptops and mobile devices), content, and users

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The Art & Science of Effective Gift Acknowledgements
October 25, 3:00 PM ET

We all know that thanking donors is important, but how and when should we be thanking donors? How do different approaches to acknowledgements make people feel, and how does that impact future engagement?

In this session, Jay Love explores the latest research into donor behavior and effective gift acknowledgements, with special attention given to the recent groundbreaking findings of Jen Shang and Adrian Sergeant. You’ll come away with practical takeaways to help you craft thank you’s that are both impactful and memorable!

We’ll cover:

  • the connection between thanking and retaining donors
  • what donors want out of the communications we send them
  • the ways in which surveys can play a role in thanking donors
  • the enlightening results of several gift acknowledgement experiments

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Shaping Board Culture through Board Member Peer-to-Per Assessment
Thursday, October 25, 2:00 PM ET

BoardSource’s Peer-to-Peer Assessment (P2P) tool is similar to the familiar 360 degree assessment that you may have experienced as an employee or manager. In this case every board member completes an assessment of every other board member. The questions cover the skills and behaviors that the person demonstrates in their board work. The Peer-to-Peer is an incredibly powerful tool to shape the board culture and improve board performance. If each board member improves, then the board as a whole will improve.

This webinar will explain:

• When to use and when not to use the P2P
• The features of the P2P tool
• The benefits that the board can expect
• How to use the tool for maximum effectiveness.

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Motivate Monday
October 29, 1:00 PM ET

How are nonprofit professionals jumpstarting their week with purpose? Join us for Motivate Monday where:

Every Monday we share your wins
Feature a special guest with a quick tip to get your week started right
And close with a Q&A session

Register


Turning Supporters into Fundraisers this #GivingTuesday
October 30, 1:00 PM ET

#GivingTuesday is right around the corner! On November 27, you’ll have a small window of time to make a big impact, so make the most of every minute. Join us for a review of quick-win strategies and campaign essentials. Discover how your organization can empower supporters and turn them into fundraisers on one of the biggest giving days of the year.

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Social Media Rules for 501(c)(3) Organizations
Tuesday, October 30, 2:00 PM ET

There has been an amazing increase in the avenues available to nonprofits to communicate their messages to an ever wider audience. These means of communication may be new, by the rules that govern advocacy by nonprofits have not changed. This…

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Champion Your Cause with Airbnb Social Impact Experience
Tuesday, October 30, 1:00 PM ET

Join us with Airbnb to learn how Social Impact Experiences provide nonprofits with an opportunity to introduce their great work to a larger audience and to generate revenue from tour registrations.

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The State of Recurring Giving: Insights to Drive Monthly Donations
Tuesday, October 30th, 1:00 PM ET

Learn how to communicate with, market to, and attract more recurring donors.


New
How to Drive Social Media Engagement With Your Nonprofit Stories
Tuesday, October 30, 2:00 PM ET

Recent reports found that 87% of Americans use social media. With so much noise and clutter in the online landscape, how can nonprofits stand out? In this webinar, digital storytelling expert and social media strategist Julia Campbell will review examples of nonprofits using stories to supercharge their social media engagement – and the steps to take to adapt their success to your own organization.Register now


Trends Shaping a New Reality for Nonprofits
October 31, 10:30 AM ET

Advancing technology, social enterprise and shifting demographics are changing how nonprofits communicate, engage, operate and serve. While these shifts are creating unprecedented opportunities for nonprofits, they also present new challenges as we learn to navigate this new and ever-evolving landscape. Join Jay Wilkinson as he reviews five major trends shaping a new reality for nonprofits:

  • Shifting demographics.
  • Greater interest in service.
  • Blurred lines between nonprofit and for-profit.
  • Advancing technology.
  • New ways to engage and collaborate.

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Building a Superior Budget
October 31, 11:30 AM ET

ow should your evaluate your budget and planning process? Please bring your questions so we can have candid conversation regarding budgeting.

We will cover the critical aspects of budgeting including:

A strong budget is an essential element for any nonprofit organization to achieve financial leadership. Superior budgets, though, have written plans about the core activities to include strategic, organizational, and program goals and how they will be financed.

Most financial leaders focus too much time on budget variance analysis and not enough time to anticipating or planning for the future. By anticipating or planning, organizations can focus on what’s upcoming regardless of its budget cycle or fiscal year end. A budget can be complemented with rolling forecasts to better anticipate upcoming financial results.

Budgets also need to include cash flow projections, which maybe outside of the finance departments capacity or capabilities. Financial leaders must have a direct role in developing useful cash flow projections and assumptions with frequent, detailed analysis.

Any cash flow shortage needs to be further evaluated to determine if it is just a timing difference or an actual cash deficit. Shortfalls created by deficits need to be solved by budget adjustments or strategic choices to absorb a shortfall. An organization can determine timing or actual deficits by reviewing the budget to see if it had planned for or not.

Financial sustainability can only be achieved with a well-prepared and continuously monitored budget. Conversely, a poorly developed budget can diminish mission focused activities opportunities and threaten long-term success.

This webinar will help Executive Directors, Finance Directors, and finance staff to develop and use a financial policies and procedures manual. Savvy nonprofit leaders know that effective budgets and projections can be the difference between good and great performance.

How should you evaluate your budgeting process? We will share our expertise and candid advice to better prepare you for this important role to your organization.

3 Key Things you will learn include:

1. Financial sustainability can be achieved with well prepared and monitored budget
2. Budgets should include cash flow projections
3. Best practices for a superior budgeting process

Immediately following the presentation on building a superior budget, we will host a discussion on budget refresher.

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New
Prep Your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile for #Giving Tuesday
Thursday, November 1, 2:00 PM ET

Learn how to make your nonprofit stand out on more than 200 charitable websites and applications in time for #GivingTuesday. By updating your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile, you’ll provide fresh information to GuideStar’s 9 million unique users, as well as the millions more via our partner sites like Charity Navigator, Facebook, AmazonSmile, and Network for Good.

During this one-hour workshop, we’ll cover:

  • How to get your Seal of Transparency on Charity Navigator before #GivingTuesday
  • How our top partners display information from your profile during Giving Season
  • How to get donations through your GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
  • Questions & answers from the crowd!

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The Countdown is on: A Procrastinators Guide to #GivingTuesday
Tuesday, November 6, 1:00 PM ET

A crash course in executing a #GivingTuesday campaign on a tight timeline> On this webinar you’ll:

  • Review previous giving trends and a look at future of #Giving Tuesday
  • Learn tangible strategies you can focos on today to maximize #GivingTuesday success
  • Hear case studies from nonprofits that have seen success with planning a last-minute campaign

Register now


New
How to Jump Start Your Planned Giving Program During Year-End
Wednesday, November 7, 1:00 PM ET

Did you know that last year nonprofits received over $36 billion through bequests and other planned gifts? The stats are clear, and if you haven’t built out your planned giving program, you’re leaving money on the table.

The good thing is End-of-Year is one of the best times to acquire new planned gifts so join our free webinar and learn more about what you can do to expand your planned giving program or how to get a new program started!

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New
3 Ways to Grow Your Membership in a Changing World
Monday, November 12, 2:00 PM ET

If you want to learn how the top membership organizations are able to keep growing in a changing world, please join our free webinar on November 12 with membership expert Joy Duling, the founder of ‘The Joy of Membership’.

In this free webinar, Joy will reveal the real reasons why many organizations find it difficult to hit their growth goals, and the practical steps you can take to increase your membership.


Lobbying and Advocacy 101
Thursday, November 15, 2:00 PM ET

Now more than ever, your community is relying on you to stand up for them. If you think your 501(c)(3) public charity status prevents you from advocating for new laws and policies, think again! Whether protecting the rights of undocumented…

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Using Storytelling to Boost Your Nonprofit’s Communications
Thursday, November 22 at 1:00 PM ET

Storytelling: you know it’s important and you know that it’s effective. But all of the buzz around storytelling in recent years (though it’s anything but new) can make it feel like yet another “latest thing” to pile on to your already full plate. Are you feeling the pressure?

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Core Mission Support: Re-visioning Overhead
Wednesday, November 28th, 12:00 PM CT

Nonprofit overhead is not a piece of the budget pie we should try to make smaller, but rather it is core mission support critical to program and mission success. How can we reflect this in our financial charts? We’ll show you the tool we’ve created to transform the conversation from overhead to core mission support and demonstrate how you can use this new re-visioning template at your nonprofit.

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Advocacy and Community Organizing: Evaluation and Capacity Building
Thursday, December 13, 2:00 PM

Recent changes in the political climate at the national, state, and local levels have put pressure on organizations to engage in intense advocacy and community organizing. We know that even in times of political upheaval, the most effective advocacy and…

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12 Golden Rules of Finance
Wednesday, December 19th, 12:00 PM CT

Finance is one of your nonprofit’s most valuable tools, not a subject to be scared of. We’ll walk through real nonprofit examples and reports to help you become more comfortable with terminology, accounting rules, roles and responsibilities, and procedures and policies.

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